Black America Since MLK

In his four-hour series, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state

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Corporate support provided by Bank of America and Johnson & Johnson. Major support is also provided by the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation, in partnership with HooverMilstein and Emigrant Bank, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Ford Foundation Just Films; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and PBS.

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Black Power


Learn about the impact of Black Power on civil rights coalitions. Airs Nov. 15 and 22.

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Lowndes County and the Black Panther Symbol


Stokely Carmichael and fellow activists combated voter suppression in Lowndes, AL in 1965.

MLK and Young Black Activists


In the late 1960s, many young black activists saw Dr. King as out of touch. Watch Nov. 15.

The Black Panthers


The Black Panthers put revolutionary rhetoric into action. Learn more Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

1974 Boston and School Desegregation


In 1970s Boston, schools were separate and deeply unequal. Learn more Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

White Flight


White flight illuminated profound challenges faced by Black America. Airs Nov. 15 & 22.

The Myth of the Welfare Queen


Learn about the myth perpetuated by divisive rhetoric about welfare. Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.